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Jul 24 2019

Making our community healthier means improving health, not just healthcare

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At no cost to taxpayers, EHF is spearheading a research project in Harrison County that will take a closer look at the relationship of how the county spends funds and the health of those who live here. This project is one example of how we all need to change the conversation to improving health, not just healthcare across Texas.

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“The state can actually do something about it. This was a session on education, not so much on health. Maybe next time’s the health session,” says EHF's Elena Marks on Texas Standard. EHF's new statewide poll shows healthcare affordability & access remain consistent struggles for the majority of Texans, yet little was done to address those issues at the state legislature. #HealthNotJustHealthcare

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The numbers show that an overwhelming majority of Texans enrolled in the ACA marketplace are returning enrollees and are largely shielded from the premium increases because of federal tax credits. Any discussion to eliminate the ACA marketplace without a clear policy alternative would risk adding another 1.1 million Texans to the uninsured population and returning the state uninsured rate to more than 20 percent.

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Oct 27 2017

Generosity + Data = Effective use of Hurricane Harvey funds

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Learn about EHF's partnership with the Kaiser Family Foundation to highlight Texans with the greatest needs and fewest resources following Harvey.

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In Health Affairs, Shao-Chee Sim writes about EHF's research that's aimed at informing discussions and decisions being made about Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.

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Jul 19 2017

Beyond “To Close Or Not To Close” Rural Hospitals

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A new EHF report with the Rural and Community Health Institute (RCHI) at Texas A&M University looks at possible solutions for rural communities in Texas facing a hospital closure.

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Apr 3 2017

The current state of the health insurance exchange in Texas

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Guest blogger Michael Morrisey interviews health insurers, hospitals and brokers to discover what's next for health insurance marketplace options in Texas. Morrisey is a professor of health policy and management at the School of Public Health at Texas A&M University.

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Jan 5 2017

Enrollment for Affordable Care Act health insurance reaches record numbers

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New numbers show enrollment for Affordable Care Act reaches a new record despite a possible repeal of the law by Congress. There's still much communities can do to ensure more Texans sign up for health insurance NOW.

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Oct 14 2016

Are Texans Ready? The Fourth Open Enrollment Period Begins November 1st

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Shao-Chee Sim, EHF's VP for applied research, details what's new when open enrollment begins for Affordable Care Act health insurance plans.

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Apr 20 2016

New Affordable Care Act numbers reveal "coverage gap" in Texas

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The recent release of Affordable Care Act health insurance enrollment numbers in Texas reveal a "coverage gap" and other important needs across the state.

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Apr 11 2016

New evidence shows additional benefits of Medicaid expansion in Texas

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Texas is doubling down on its efforts to improve the state’s mental and behavioral health system.  Despite these efforts, the State Legislature left one critical topic out of the discussion: Medicaid expansion.

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Mar 7 2016

Do you really understand health insurance terms?

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Be honest. If you had to take a test on knowing the ins and out of health insurance terms, would you pass?

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Feb 8 2016

The Good, the Bad, and what's needed next in Texas

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The latest Affordable Care Act health insurance enrollment numbers show some encouraging trends, but much more can be done to help increase access to health services for all Texans.

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Dec 15 2015

My road to strategic philanthropy

Shao-Chee.jpgDr. Shao-Chee Sim, EHF's new VP for applied research, shares how working in strategic philanthropy continues his lifelong interest in helping communities.

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Nov 10 2015

Video Blog: Getting the complete picture of community health

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In a video blog, EHF's community engagement officer Troy Bush-DiDonato explains the reasoning behind our latest research project looking at community health needs in three neighborhoods across Southwest Houston.

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Aug 3 2015

Taking Stock

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We’re six months into executing on our first strategic operating plan, 18 months into my tenure, a little over two years into our actual existence, and I’m taking stock.

 

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May 7 2015

Texas sees more areas with shortages in primary care doctors, workforce

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Texas growing population creates perfect storm for areas with shortages in primary care doctors, workforce. So, how can EHF help?

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Mar 27 2015

Place Matters

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When it comes to health, does it matter where kids live?  You bet it does.  There are 1.7 million children under 18 living in the 13-county Texas Gulf Coast Region.  When we compare health indicators for these children, we see wide disparities from county to county.

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Feb 19 2015

The ONE Reason Community Engagement Matters

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What is Community Engagement (CE)?  The term was given a formal definition by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention back in 1997.  It is “a process of working collaboratively with groups of people who are affiliated by geographic proximity, special interests, or similar situations with respect to issues affecting their wellbeing.”  This work begins with locating the right groups and then building a collaboration that will engage them and build local action.  Why should it matter to the Episcopal Health Foundation?  It matters because it works

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